Main Conference Program

Note: For an overview of the rest of the week’s events, including workshops and hackathon, please see the program outline page. Detailed bios for each of our invited speakers are available on the Invited Speakers page.

Day 1 – Tuesday 15th May

08.00 Arrival and registration
09.00 Session 1.1:  The sustainability challenge
  • Welcome & Introductions (Birgit Penzenstadler and Steve Easterbrook)
  • Opening Keynote:
    Communicating Sustainability: Not a Technical Problem
    William Rees, human ecologist, ecological economist, former Director and Professor Emeritus of UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning.
    The human enterprise is in ecological overshoot, consuming even self-producing ‘resources’ faster than ecosystems can regenerate and producing (often toxic) wastes faster than ecosystems can assimilate. Important biophysical systems are stressed beyond a ‘safe operating space’ for humanity. Part of the problem is that prevailing growth-oriented neoliberal economic models make no useful reference to the thermodynamic and other bio-systemic properties/behaviours of the ecosystems with which the real-world economy interacts. Ecological economics offers an alternative framing of economic activities that more closely conforms to biophysical reality; within the ecol-econ framework, ecological footprint analysis (EFA) has proved remarkably successful in identifying, quantifying and communicating overshoot and thereby underscoring biophysical limits to growth. (The human eco-footprint is arguably the world’s best-known [un]sustainability indicator.) EFA uses two familiar concepts—consumption and ‘the land’—and a graphically powerful metaphor to communicate and personalize human impacts on nature; unlike other (un)sustainability indicators, EFA enables a direct comparison of human demand for, and nature’s supply of, bio-capacity. But do copious data and clarity of communication really matter? Numerous other lines of evidence from climate science, hydrology, soils monitoring, biodiversity assessment, etc., also show that that the world is on a collision course with biophysical reality. Nevertheless, humanity remains wedded to the failing ‘perpetual-growth-through-technology’ model of development and our eco-predicament worsens. In the emerging ‘age of unreason’, nature and nurture conspire against sustainability. Emotion, instinct, power politics and the purposeful ‘social construction’ of alternative ‘realities’ undermine science and subvert evidence-based policy development.
  • Conference challenge: ICT pathways to sustainability (Conference facilitator, Peter Woodward)
10.40 Refreshments
11.10 Session 1.2:  ConverStations I
Oral paper presentations at ICT4S 2018 will take place through the traditional ICT4S ConverStation format. During the ConverStation, papers are presented around tables to support good interaction. Each ConverStation session will comprise three rounds of presentations. Before the ConverStation starts, attendees will select three different presentations to attend. Papers to be presented at this session are:
How are you shaping a sustainable future? Shifting the maturity needle of ICT for Sustainability
Sam Mann, Oliver Bates and Raymond Maher.
Towards Simulating Non-lane Based Heterogeneous Road Traffic of Less Developed Countries
Quazi Mishkatul Alam, Bejon Sarker, Biplob Biswas, Kazi Hasan Zubaer, Tarik Reza Toha, Novia Nurain and A. B. M. Alim Al Islam.
The maker movement in Europe: empirical and theoretical insights
Jeremy Millard, Marie Nicole Sorivelle, Voigt Christian and Elisabeth Unterfrauner.
The Paradox of Push Impacts and the Three Opportunities for Smart Green Optimization
Jack Townsend.
The Footprint of Things: A Hybrid Approach Towards the Collection, Storage and Distribution of Life Cycle Inventory Data
Guido van Capelleveen, Andreas Fritsch, Johanna Pohl and Daniel Schien.
The Energy and Carbon Footprint of the Global ICT and E&M Sectors 2010 – 2015
Jens Malmodin and Dag Lundén.
Undesigning the Internet: An exploratory study of reducing everyday Internet connectivity
Kelly Widdicks, Tina Ringenson, Daniel Pargman, Vishnupriya Kuppusamy and Patricia Lago.
Evaluating Equality Requirements for Software Systems
Maryam Al Hinai and Ruzanna Chitchyan.
12.50 Lunch
14.00 Session 1.3: Research Challenge Session I: Towards thriving communities
This session will challenge the audience to explore the challenge of building sustainable communities, by focusing on three specific issues: urban mobility, affordable housing, and sustainable food systems. Three invited speakers will outline the sustainability challenges in each of these areas, followed by a roundtable discussion session, in which conference attendees will work in groups to respond to the challenge by identifying essential, awkward and missing research questions. Our guest speakers are:
  • Elyse Parker, Director of the Public Realm Section, Transportation Services at the City of Toronto
  • David Hulchanski, professor of housing and community development at the University of Toronto
  • Lauren Baker, Food Systems Consultant with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food
15.40 Refreshments
16.00 Session 1.4: Journals First papers
Journals First papers are papers related the ICT4S conference that have been published (or accepted for publication) in a journal since the previous conference.
Empirical Validation of Cyber-Foraging Architectural Tactics for Surrogate Provisioning
Fahimeh Alizadeh Moghaddam, Giuseppe Procaccianti, Grace A. Lewis and Patricia Lago.
16.30 Session 1.5:  Research Poster Gallery
Poster authors will be invited to give lightning talks to advertise their posters. The posters will then remain on display throughout the opening reception.
Open-source Governance: Online Chat Groups as a Forum for Ecological Citizenship in India
Nicole Rigillo
Constraint-based Methods for Assessing Resilience in Urban Systems
James Williams, Mark Fox and Steve Easterbrook
Predicting Human Count through Environmental Sensing in Closed Indoor Settings
Shamir Ahmed, Abdus Salam Azad, Tarik Reza Toha, Nafisa Islam, Taslim Arefin Khan and Alim Al Islam Razi
My network, my rules
Laura Tresca and Marcelo Dos Anjos
A Smart Mobile Solution with Novel MCP, Peak Demand and Hourly Grid GHG Emissions with Multiple Integration Points
Ace Sahebalam, Gary Michor, Greg Doucett and Cherie Ding
Before and After the Financial Crash: The Corporate Network Evolution and Sustainability Implications
Maria Angela Ferrario, Periklis Andritsos, Niel Chah and Thais Bittencourt
Smart and green? Methodological challenges for assessing indirect effects of ICT with LCA
Johanna Pohl and Matthias Finkbeiner
How Sustainable and Efficient our Neighbourhoods Really are? – Assessment Framework for Responsive Neighbourhoods and Communities
Spela Verovsek, Matevz Juvancic and Tadeja Zupancic
Contacting Congress: ICTs for Representative-Constituent Communication in the U.S. Congress
Samantha McDonald
Selection of indicators for monitoring the Lean / Green synergy in coffee producing properties
Nicholas Hoffmann, Lucas Vinicius Reis, Liane Mahlmann Kipper, Fáber D. Giraldo and Maria Patrícia Giraldo Correa
Green and Sustainable Software: A Research Landscape
Eva Kern, Achim Guldner and Stefan Naumann
Teaching Computer Science To All: What Are The Implications For Sustainability?
Horatiu Halmaghi and Elizabeth Patitsas
Comparison of Offloading On Various Mobile Devices For Better Battery Life And Performance
Dagnachew Temesgene, Jari Porras and Janne Parkkila
Carbon Footprints of Various Universities in Islamabad, Pakistan; A Way Forward Towards Carbon Neutral Campus
Sami Naeem Khan, Fiza Sarwar and Anjum Rasheed
Data Storage Sustainability: Unused Data or Orphan Data?
Jannatun Noor and A. B. M. Alim Al Islam
Open data platform and analysis DTU Smart Campus
Ole Schultz
ICT, Agricultural Development, and Environmental Justice
Lindsay Barbieri and Sonya Ahamed
Governance Network Analysis of Electronic Waste Management: An Actor-Network Model for sustainability
Homeira Ekhtari
Towards sustainable internationalization of higher education through experiential pedagogy of virtual mobility
Raidell Avello Martínez, Dayni Diaz Mederos and Valentine Cadieux
Reducing Food Waste: Designing and Building an Interactive Website for Connecting Stakeholders in Food Recovery Efforts
Irini Spyridakis, Madison Holbrook, Ria Athavia, Hye Won Son, Meghna Shrimanth Bhairappa, Espen Scheuer, Collin Tran, Zubin Chopra, Ariel Lin, Joyce Huang, Brent Gruenke and Srinithi Sellakumaran Latha
Virtual Reality for Piloting Urban Projects
Edmund Konroyd-Bolden and Tamer El-Diraby
A Technology Model For Sustainable Smart Water Management
Kirori Mindo, Simon Karume and Moses Thiga
Resiliency and sustainability of Canada’s built environment under the new wind conditions due to climate change
Hamidreza Naderian, Oya Mercan, Paul Kushner, Xuebin Zhang and Jamil Mardukhi
Designing a method for integrating Corporate Social Responsibility in the organizational and ICT dimensions
Audrey Sie, Sergio España, Cory Searcy, Sara Martín and Marcela Ruiz
17:30 Opening Reception, Hart House Quad

Day 2 – Wednesday 16th May

08.30 Arrival and registration
09.00 Session 2.1: Engaging society
  • Keynote address:
    Privilege & practice: Questions of sustainability in worlds of injustice
    Lisa P. Nathan, Assistant Professor at the School of Library Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia
    This is the fifth time the ICT4S community assembles to explore, “the role of technology in creating thriving, sustainable communities”. Yet, while ICT4S attendees gather at the University of Toronto for days of generative and provocative discussion, members of other communities across Canada encounter prejudice, persecution and inequality. Through this talk I offer ways to conceptualize and work towards sustainable design while interrogating webs of privilege.
  • Respondent:
    Maria Angela Ferrario, Lecturer in Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, UK, and Marshall McLuhan Centenary Fellow in Digital Sustainability at the Digital Curation Institute, University of Toronto.
  • Followed by roundtable and plenary discussion
10.40 Refreshments
11.10 Session 2.2: ConverStations II
The second of our ConverStations sessions for presentation of conference papers. Papers to be presented at this session are:
The Material Footprint of the ICT and E&M Sectors
Jens Malmodin, Pernilla Bergmark and Sepideh Matinfar.
AaaS and MaaS for Reduced Environmental Impact of Transport: Indicators for Identifying Promising Digital Service Innovations
Anna Kramers, Tina Ringenson, Liridona Sopjani and Peter Arnfalk.
Data Storage and Maintenance Challenges: The Case of Advanced Metering Infrastructure Systems
Lucas Pereira and Rodolfo Gonçalves.
Shared Autonomous Vehicles: Potentials for a Sustainable Mobility and Risks of Unintended Effects
Christina Pakusch, Gunnar Stevens and Paul Bossauer.
“Sustainability… it’s just not important.” – The Challenges of Academic Engagement with Diverse Stakeholders
Christian Remy, Oliver Bates, Vanessa Thomas and Matthew Broadbent.
Indirect Effects of the Digital Transformation on Environmental Sustainability: Methodological Challenges in Assessing the Greenhouse Gas Abatement Potential of ICT
Jan C. T. Bieser and Lorenz M. Hilty.
Envisioning a Community Exemplar for Sustainability in and by ICT
Andreas Fritsch and Stefanie Betz.
Towards a Sustainable Business Model for Smartphones: Combining Product-service Systems with Modularity
Alice Frantz Schneider, Sepideh Matinfar, Eoin Martino Grua, Diego Casado–Mansilla and Lars Cordewener.
Empirical Evaluation of the Energy Impact of Refactoring Code Smells
Roberto Verdecchia, René Aparicio Saez, Giuseppe Procaccianti and Patricia Lago.
12.50 Lunch
14.00 Session 2.3: ICT4S Technology Showcase
Held in the Autodesk Lightbox Exhibition Space in the MaRS Building. Exhibitors include:
  • Alert Energy: Data driven solutions for building, energy and water use.
  • Autodesk: Software tools for sustainable building design from the Complex Systems Research Group.
  • City of Toronto Open Data: making information more accessible and supporting initiatives that build public trust in government
  • CREW Toronto: a community organization that supports Toronto residents and communities as they organize to help themselves and each other during extreme weather events.
  • Ecobee: The Donate Your Data program invites people to sharing anonymized data from your ecobee to help scientists advance the way to a sustainable future.
  • EDGI: The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) is building online tools, events, and research networks to proactively archive public environmental data and ensure its continued public availability.
  • Esri Canada: Through GIS, we find better solutions for achieving sustainability in the economy, society and environment.
  • OCE TargetGHG program: Part of the Ontario Green Investment Fund, this program is aimed at helping Ontario meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets by encouraging large industrial plants to adopt leading-edge technology and supporting Ontario’s entrepreneurs in developing creative new solutions.
  • Ontario Climate Consortium: arming decision makers with regionally-specific climate data to enable effective responses to climate uncertainty in Ontario.
  • Project Dasher: a BIM-based platform from Autodesk Research, which provides building owners with greater insight into real-time building performance throughout the life-cycle of the building.
  • Screaming Power: Our goal is to revolutionize consumer engagement by providing a mobile social platform that connects directly with the energy user, allowing for effective and secure two-way communications to educate the marketplace, change behaviour and encourage sustainability.
  • TOMesh: A grassroots group building community-owned infrastructure using off-the-shelf hardware and open-source technology, to address barriers to internet access in our city.
  • TransPod: TransPod is a zero-emissions advanced hyperloop technology, providing a fully electric system for comfortable mass transportation, faster than commercial airplanes with departures as frequent as subway trains.
16.30 Close
18.30 ICT4S Banquet
Held at the Second City Theatre. Evening includes dinner and an improv comedy show by Canada’s finest comedy troupe, as well as the ICT4S conference awards ceremony.

Day 3 – Thursday 17th May

09.00 Arrival and registration
09.20 Session 3.1: Stepping up
  • Keynote address:
    Interactive Adaptivity: ICT for Sustainability in Buildings
    John Robinson, Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and the School of the Environment, at the University of Toronto and Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability
    There is a rapidly growing interest in the promise of using ICT for sustainability. Following a brief contextual overview, this presentation will focus on the commercial building sector. The concept of interactive adaptivity in sustainable buildings—where the building and its inhabitants engage in an ongoing conversation about conditions and operations—will be illustrated and explored, using the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at UBC as an example. Three sustainability performance gaps will be introduced, and the potential for using university campuses as living labs to explore such issues will be discussed.
  • Respondent:
    Marianne Touchie, Assistant Professor of Civil and Mineral Engineering and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto
  • Roundtable and plenary discussion: Communities as living labs
10.50 Refreshments
11.20 Session 3.2: Research Challenge Session II: Research transformation
This session will explore new ways of kicking our research and innovation up a gear, to respond to the challenge to transition to a sustainable society. Our invited speakers will start us off with some big picture thinking, from where we will move into a roundtable discussion to brainstorm about new initiatives and new partnerships. Guest speakers include:
12.50 Lunch
14.00 Session 3.3: ConverStations III
The third of our ConverStations sessions for presentation of conference papers. Papers to be presented at this session are:
ICT for Sustainable Last-Mile Logistics: Data, People and Parcels
Oliver Bates, Adrian Friday, Julian Allen, Fraser McLeod, Tom Cherrett, Sarah Wise, Maja Piecyk, Marzena Piotrowska, Tolga Bektas and Thuba Nguyen.
Transparent Farmers: How Farmers are Using Technology for New Ways of Selling and Communicating with Consumers
Jorge Luis Zapico and Maja Söderberg.
Energy Consumption of Mobile Data Transfer – Increasing or Decreasing? Challenges in Evaluating the Combined Impact of Technology Development & User Behavior
Hanna Pihkola, Mikko Hongisto, Olli Apilo, Mika Lasanen and Saija Vatanen.
Indoor Temperature Awareness Using an Ambient Information Display – a Semi-longitudinal Study of One Household
Björn Hedin, Victor Larsson and Henrik Artman.
Barriers for Sustainable Waste Management Practices in Grocery Stores: Exploration by Research-through-Design
Sofie Nyström, Cecilia Katzeff and Daniel Pargman.
An Empirical Evaluation of Database Software Features on Energy Consumption
Sedef Akinli Kocak, Gülfem Isiklar Alptekin, Andriy Miranskyy, Ayse Bener and Enzo Cialini.
Shut up and Take my Environmental Data! A study on ICT Enabled Citizen Science Practices, Participation Approaches and Challenges
Maria Palacin-Silva and Jari Porras.
A Comparative Analysis of Green ICT Maturity Models
David Lautenschutz, Sergio España, Albert Hankel, Sietse Overbeek and Patricia Lago.
Innovation Alliances for Sustainable ICT – Good Practices and Success Factors, Using the Example of Initiatives to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Data Centers
Ralph Hintemann and Simon Hinterholzer.
15.40 Refreshments
16.00 Session 3.4: Roadmaps and visions
In which we collectively explore our aspirations for creating a sustainable society
  • Tim Frick, CEO of Mightybytes, and author of “Designing for Sustainability: A Guide to Building Greener Digital Products and Services”
  • Sanjay Khanna, Resident Futurist at Massey College, University of Toronto
  • Yasmin Glanville, founder and chief strategist for CTR Inc, and a director and founder of Re-think Sustainability Initiatives
17.20 Main conference closing remarks
17.30 Close